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Bill Federer serves up a daily dose of inspiration from the pages of American history with a special emphasis on America’s Judeo-Christian heritage.

National Days of Prayer & Eisenhower’s “Back to God” Program

American Minute with Bill Federer President Reagan stated January 27, 1983: "In 1775, the Continental Congress proclaimed the first National Day of Prayer ... In 1783,...

Patriots & Self-Defense: “A people that legislate for themselves ought to be in the...

American Minute with Bill Federer Citizens in democracies and republics have a history of being armed. The sun never set on the British Empire. It was...

Wisdom and Insights of Benjamin Franklin

American Minute with Bill Federer Founder of America's first hospital, president of America's first anti-slavery society, and Governor of Pennsylvania. On APRIL 17, 1790, the son...

Robert E. Lee, Confederate General & After War-Symbol of National Reconciliation

American Minute with Bill Federer Influence of Confederate General Robert E. Lee during and after the Civil War. Wilmer McLean's farm in Manassas Junction, Virginia, was...

Reagan’s Faith & Politics: Warning of Socialism, Secularism, & Abortion

American Minute with Bill Federer Profound views of 40th President Ronald Reagan was born FEBRUARY 6, 1911. A graduate of Eureka College, IL, 1932, he worked as...

The Man Without a Country – American Minute

American Minute with Bill Federer An ambitious politician and his momentous fall, from Vice-President to treason! Aaron Burr's main political opponent was Alexander Hamilton. Hamilton, along with...

Patrick Henry: “As for me, give me liberty or give me death!”

American Minute with Bill Federer A speech that ignited independence! The Declaration of Independence states: ​"... But when a long train of abuses and usurpations ... to...

James Madison’s Defense of Conscience

American Minute with Bill Federer James Madison was born MARCH 16, 1751. He recalled standing with his father outside the jail in the village of Orange...

Blockade of Boston’s Harbor, Virginia’s Day of Fasting, & the “Shot Heard Round the...

American Minute with Bill Federer After a long list of Acts intended to bring colonists into submission, which sparked the Boston Massacre, the British imposed...

Forefathers sacrificed for POSTERITY – the “UNBORN MILLIONS”

American Minute with Bill Federer The Founding Fathers sacrificed to give their POSTERITY freedom and opportunity. After signing the Declaration of Independence, John Adams wrote to...

On Washington’s Birthday – A Mini-Biography of this God-fearing Father of Our Country

AMERICAN MINUTE WITH BILL FEDERER Presidents' Day is actually Washington's birthday, recognized by an Act of Congress for government offices in Washington, D.C., in 1879,...

John Quincy Adams: His Fight Against Slavery & His Faith in the Bible

American Minute with Bill Federer On FEBRUARY 21, 1848, "Old Man Eloquent" John Quincy Adams suffered a stroke at his desk in the House chamber. He...

Charles Darwin and Abraham Lincoln: Born Same Day, Lives have Opposite Impact

American Minute with Bill Federer Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin were born on the exact same day, FEBRUARY 12, 1809, but their lives had...

Sir Robert Baden-Powell ‘s original vision for the Boy Scouts …

... and how it changed AMERICAN MINUTE WITH BILL FEDERER Sir Robert Baden-Powell began the Boy Scout movement in England in 1908, and two years later,...

Peter Cartwright, Abraham Lincoln, & Final Farewell at Springfield, Illinois

American Minute with Bill Federer Peter Cartwright (1785-1872) was ordained by the Methodist circuit-riding preachers Rev. Francis Asbury and Rev. William McKendree. He served as a...

Nazi Body Parts Experiments, Jews Disarmed, Arab Legion, anti-Christian agenda, & Bonhoeffer’s courageous opposition

American Minute with Bill Federer Vladimir Lenin, the first leader of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, stated: "Socialized medicine is a keystone to the establishment...

Battle Hymn of the Republic & efforts to end the slave trade

American Minute with Bill Federer Five dollars was all she was paid by the Atlantic Monthly Magazine for her poem, "The Battle Hymn of the...

Jacob Duché Continental Congress Prayer & a caution to “Stand Fast as the Guardians...

American Minute with Bill Federer As British troops were descending upon Boston, the Continental Congress' first official act was to request that Rev. Jacob Duché,...

“Two Roads Diverge in the Woods …” – Robert Frost, Four Time Pulitzer Prize-Winning...

American Minute with Bill Federer Two roads diverged in a yellow wood And sorry I could not travel both And be one traveler, long I stood And looked...

Presidents Acknowledged God in Inaugurals

American Minute with Bill Federer "Our history is replete with official references to the value and invocation of Divine guidance in ... Executive Orders and...

The Ten Commandments, and the importance of educated & moral citizens

American Minute with Bill Federer "THE TEN COMMANDMENTS are not the laws. They are THE Law" -stated Cecil B. DeMille at the New York opening of...

Jefferson’s Virginia Statute of Religious Freedom

AMERICAN MINUTE WITH BILL FEDERER "On Religious Freedom Day ... we commemorate the ... anniversary of the passing of a State law that has shaped...

Fighting the Sultan to Founding Georgia – Eugene of Savoy’s aide-de-camp James Oglethorpe, and...

American Minute with Bill Federer Early in his career, Eugene of Savoy, under the command of Polish King Jan Sobieski, helped defeat 200,000 Muslim Turks...

Martin Luther King, Jr., change the Christian way: thru love of neighbor & peaceful...

American Minute with Bill Federer In 1983, Republican President Ronald Reagan signed the bill to make the 3rd Monday in January a holiday in honor...

Bleeding Kansas, John Brown, Beecher’s Bibles & Preacher Henry Ward Beecher

American Minute with Bill Federer He was one of the most popular preachers in America in the middle 1800s. His sister was Harriett Beecher Stowe, who...

Albert Schweitzer, Medical Missionary to Africa, “Reverence for Life”

American Minute with Bill Federer Albert Schweitzer was born JANUARY 14, 1875, in a village in Alsace, Germany. The son of a Lutheran-Evangelical pastor, he won...

Millard Fillmore, 13th U.S. President: A Grateful Sense of Our Profound Obligations

American Minute with Bill Federer "May God save the country, for it is obvious the people will not." -Millard Fillmore Millard Fillmore was elected to the...

Hanukkah: Its remarkable story, and what 8 American presidents had to say about it

American Minute with Bill Federer The origin of lights at this season can be traced back to the Jewish Festival of Lights, or Feast of...

What Led to the Emancipation Proclamation & 13th Amendment?

American Minute with Bill Federer During the 1787 Constitutional Convention, the pro-slavery South wanted to count slaves so as to have a higher population so...

Connecting the Dots: Renaissance, Reformation, Revolution

American Minute with Bill Federer How did Islam's expansion lead to the Dark Ages, the Age of Discovery, the Renaissance, the Reformation, and the American...